Good News for School Cafeterias from the Health Department
You might have questions as to the quality of the food your kid’s eating at school, but you should have no worries about the cleanliness of it. We looked at food inspectors’ reports for public and private schools from October 1 to October 8, and we found very few violations.
One of the biggest offenders (with a whole three, count them, three violations) is Oak Village Middle School (6602 Winfield). The place was inspected on October 7 and food was found that was not free from spoilage, filth and not safe for human consumption (okay, that’s a pretty big problem), there were problems with existing equipment, and there was no shielding for light fixtures in washing and storage areas.
Harvest Christian Academy (17770 Imperial Valley Drive) was also inspected on October 7 and had potentially hazardous food being refrigerated without clear labeling, and ventilation filters not cleaned frequently enough to prevent the accumulation of, well, crud.
Neff Elementary School (8200 Carvel) was visited by an inspector on October 7 and no violations were found.
The same was true for Killough Middle School (7600 Synott), Liestmann Elementary School (7610 Synott), Greentree Elementary (3502 Brookshadow Drive), and Spring Woods High School (2045 Gessner).
On October 6, Tijerina Elementary (6501 Sherman) was found to be using moist cloths for food spill and clean-up, and ventilation filters not cleaned enough to prevent crud from accumulating.
Kingwood Middle School (2407 Pine Terrace) was visited on October 3 and its big problem (well, actually its only problem) was that the garbage cans weren’t on a smooth, non-absorbent material, like concrete or asphalt.
So, the mystery meat loaf your kid eats every week might still taste like slop, but you can rest assured it’s clean slop.
— Olivia Flores Alvarez
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